Hero by Alethea Kontis (Review & Giveaway)

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Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)Hero
by Alethea Kontis
Hardcover, 304 Pages
October 1st, 2013 by Harcourt Books

Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. 

Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" 

As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.

***My Review***

I loved the way Alethea Kontis wrote Enchanted and I feel absolutely the same about Hero. There are many people who do fairy tale retellings but you don’t always get that voice that is like the classic tales. I think that this series is really good at setting that fairy tale tone with the writing style, being a hard core lover of fairy tales, it makes the books perfect for me. I also love how she weaves in the different stories and pieces it togther like one of Fridays quilts. Especially the nod to Snow White & Rose Red, which is actually one of my favorite fairytales and not as well know. Which tells me this is someone who has really researched and read a large variety of the stories. Original fairytales have some gore in them and I love that is included in a way in these tales too. It’s not all happy go lucky all the time. You know people lose things.

Peregrine is such an interesting character. I started off feeling indifferent, then I thought he was weird, then I thought he was cute and then he was total book boyfriend. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a progression of a male lead like that for me. It was pretty awesome actually and I enjoyed reading is character so much because of it. It was like I slowly fell in love with him through the book myself.

Saturday is rough around the edges and you see that all too well in Enchanted but I love how you really get to know her in Hero. I think she is probably one of my favorites of the sisters because she is just so...Saturday. She might punch you in the face but she also has a softness about her and kindness. I think the way she interacts with Peregrine is my favorite part of the book because he brings out so many different aspects of her. She really grows in this book and learns that being the “normal” child of the family doesn’t make her inadequate. She can do some serious damage on her enemies. She becomes someone who can rival her brother Jack’s tall tales.

We have the side characters of the woodcutter family. We don’t see much of Sunday, Friday or Wednesday since they have gone off into their respective roles. We do see a little more insight into Monday and Thursday. There are so many things that I’m curious about Thursday and hope that she has her own book coming up at some point. Who doesn’t love an awesome pirate queen right. There is a new character along with Peregrine, who is Betwixt. He is a lot of fun too and adds some of his own side commentary to Peregrine and Saturday’s relationship. A large part of the story we are broken away from everyone except for the three of them. Figuring out how to deal with witch.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you liked/loved the first one you will not be disappointed. I wouldn’t be able to pick which book I enjoyed more if you forced me. This series is absolutely one of my favorite of the fairytale retellings. So get it, read it and be happy. :)

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published May 8, 2012

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis

      New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.
       Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, includingThe Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

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Continue on the Adventure...
Sept 22 - LAUNCH
Sept 23 - The Missing Piece at Alethea Kontis
 - Review on Debz Bookshelf
 - Celebration on Deal Sharing Aunt
Sept 24 - Interview with Miss Print
Sept 25 - Interview with Carina Books
 - The Grandfather Pirate on Living a Goddess Life
 - Meet the Inspiration on The Wonderings of One Person
Sept 26 - Review on Shannon's Blog
 - Meet the Inspiration continued on Bookmarks
Sept 27 - Meet the Sister on Leeana Me
Sept 30 - USA Today Happy Ever After Interview
 - Review of Enchantment on Colorimetry
 - Release Day at Waterworld Mermaids
 - My Favorite Bit (with Cat Valente) at Mary Robinette Kowal
 - Review at Library of a Book Witch
 - Interview & Review at Tressa's Wishful Endings
Oct 2 - Video Rant at http://www.geekgirlinlove.com
 - The Big Idea at John Scalzi's Blog
 - My Bookshelf on Mel's Shelves
 - Did You See? on Cu's eBook Giveaways
Oct 3 - The Missing Piece on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
 - Review at Books for Kids
Oct 4 - Podcast with Bennet Pomeranz
 - Review of Hero on Colorimetry
Oct 5 - Hero LAUNCH PARTY at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA
Oct 7 - Character interview with Saturday Woodcutter at I Smell Sheep
 - Stealing from the Best on Romance Writers of America & Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal
Oct 8 - A Twist in the Tail at A Backwards Story
 - Review at JL Mbewe
Oct 9 Enchanted Inkspot
 - Deleted Scene at Fragments of Life